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Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix

 

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A glamorous Gladiolus mix of multi-colored beauties, with contrasting edges, throats and blended shades. An affordable luxury!

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 56-60" tall
Bulb Spacing4 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 15 - Bulb Size: 12-14 cm
SKU FGLAD25

Plant Information

The elegant orchid-like floret of the gladiolus lends itself beautifully to carrying more than one color...often even three or more. Contrast edging, blended shades, and of course, a brilliant other-colored throat are the hallmarks of the multi-colored glads. This mix includes a huge range...all multi-colored, and all very beautiful. Imagine the garden abloom with this rainbow! Imagine the arrangements!

Gladiolus DetailsGrowing Gladiolus (See Combination Photo Below): Everyone knows gladiolus, but not every gardener knows how easy they are to grow. The original "glad" was a wildflower from South Africa called "sword lily", which was imported into Europe in the 1840's. As with almost every other bulb, the Dutch went to work and created a grand rainbow from a quite lowly flower.

Photo A shows many of the beautiful bi-colors we have today thanks to Holland's wildly successful hybridizers.

Photo B not only shows an example of the glowing colors now available, but also the beautiful form of the individual florets, often compared to an iris or orchid.

Photo C shows stately white "glads" in the garden. This picture is a great illustration of how to plant the bulbs. Put them close together so you'll end up with a mass of color, not just a stick here and there. One of the things that makes growing gladiolus so easy is that the plants take almost no space. You can easily pop in the bulbs between other more permanent plants. Just find the spaces in your garden, put in the bulbs in tight groups wherever you can, and you'll know that in a few weeks, those spots will be glowing towers of color.

And of course, everyone knows gladiolus are great in a vase. So be sure to plant plenty where you can cut them. They're inexpensive, and few other flowers give you so much color for the cost. When frost threatens, you can just forget them, and buy new ones in spring, or dig up the bulbs and store them until the following spring. Don't hesitate. Enjoy gladiolus this summer. You can't have too many.

SKU FGLAD25
Common Name Large Flowering Gladiolus
Botanical Name Gladiolus
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 56-60" tall
Bulb Size 12-14 cm
Bulb Spacing 4 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 8" deep
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Days to Bloom 60-100 days after planting
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Us vs. The Big Box Store: Gladiolus Bulbs

Gladiolus Bulb Comparison

Each season, we head over to the big box store in our area and choose several Bulbs, Plants and Seeds to compare against our selection. This spring, we purchased 50 Gladiolus Bulbs to compare and the difference is quite revealing.

I’d like to start out by mentioning the difference in shopping experiences. I walked into the big box store and headed straight to the back, where I knew the garden section was. I walked through aisles of grills, patio sets and annual hanging baskets until I found someone to speak with. They quickly answered the phone and I waited several more minutes until I could ask, "Do you know where the Gladiolus Bulbs are?" They weren’t sure what I meant and finally an entire wall of Summer-Blooming Bulbs caught my eye. I chose their "Gladiolus Mix" bag of 50, which most resembled our Gladiolus Rainbow Mix, which we also carry in a bag of 50 bulbs.

When you shop on our site, we have a wealth of information on growing and caring for Gladiolus at your fingertips, as well as an extremely helpful and knowledgeable garden staff, several of which are certified Master Gardeners. We not only want you to have success in growing our products, but also want you to feel confident in everything you plant – Which is why we focus so intently on how-to information as well as have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We urge our customers to write reviews on our products, positive or negative, so you know what grows well in different areas and what doesn't. We also offer live chat and service over the phone 6 days a week, offering growing advice as well as helping to place orders.

This photo also helps to show the true difference between us and the Big Box Stores. Brian, one of our employees and garden-enthusiasts helps to explain why a bigger flower bulb is better.

"Several flower bulbs are part of the onion family, and because of this I like to use Onions as a representation of how important bulb size is. Which of the onions on your shelf go bad first? The smallest ones! Larger onions are more resilient, taking longer to dry out/rot and can withstand swings in temperature better. Flower bulbs are the same. Larger bulbs will withstand disease, draught, large amounts of moisture, and colder temperatures significantly better than the smaller ones. They also produce taller growth and larger blooms."

With American Meadows, you’re not only getting access to our thirty years of gardening experience, but are also receiving the largest, highest-quality bulbs available, inevitably producing larger, healthier blooms in your garden. Happy Gardening!

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As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsGladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix
 
3.4

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56%

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (6)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

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  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (4)
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I Loved the Bulbs

I specifically ordered and used the gladiolus parrot mix to complement the backdrop of a fence in my garden. When they bloomed, the colors were absolutely beautiful and certainly added more life to the...Read complete review

I specifically ordered and used the gladiolus parrot mix to complement the backdrop of a fence in my garden. When they bloomed, the colors were absolutely beautiful and certainly added more life to the entire garden. In fact,I live on a busy block and the garden is out front, so last summer I received plenty of complements from people passing by my house. In short, I loved them then and anticipate them blooming this summer.

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Some were beautiful, some were disappointing

Some of the gladiolus bulbs in this mix were beautiful, but others were disappointing. I was also disappointed in the lack of variety. All 15 bulbs came up, but a third of them...Read complete review

Some of the gladiolus bulbs in this mix were beautiful, but others were disappointing. I was also disappointed in the lack of variety. All 15 bulbs came up, but a third of them were the same color. The package that I received only had three different color varieties -- one of them was gorgeous, the other two varieties had very small flowers and not-so-pretty colors. Also, none of mine looked like any of the flowers in the product photo.

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2.0

Planted seeds last year, nothing has come up yet

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from Rapid City MI

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    Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

    Waiting for spring to see if they come up , nothing so far

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    3.0

    Only 1 bloomed

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    from Southeastern Wisconsin

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    Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

    Only one bloomed into flowers, and it was gloriously beautiful. The rest had leaves, but no flowers. It may have been my soil, the weather, the way I planted the bulbs, what I planted them next to... I don't know.

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    3.0

    Not all of the bulbs came up.

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    from Rockaway Point, New York 11697

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        Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

        All my plantings this past year went into fresh Ortho soil and yet I was not very lucky with the outcome of my new plantings. My old bulbs all came up but I did not see many of my new gladiolas bloom.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Mine were alot the same colors and the minis- disappointing.

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        from Sabetha, KS

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

          Small bulbs, a lot of the same colors, and min-glads, not regular size.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful!

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          from Montana

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Easy To Grow
          • Healthy

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              Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

              I will buy more for my garden when they become available. Although I am not a big fan of gladiolus, these are particularly lovely in my garden.

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              4.0

              Lovely mix of color

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              from Central PA

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • Staking Necessary

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors
              • Patio

              Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

              Use as outside edging

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Some were beautiful, some were disappointing

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              from Borger, TX

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • Not Much Variety

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

              Some of the gladiolus bulbs in this mix were beautiful, but others were disappointing. I was also disappointed in the lack of variety. All 15 bulbs came up, but a third of them were the same color. The package that I received only had three different color varieties -- one of them was gorgeous, the other two varieties had very small flowers and not-so-pretty colors. Also, none of mine looked like any of the flowers in the product photo.

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              • Personal
               
              3.0

              Slightly disappointed again

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              from Lexington Kentucky

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              • Accurate Instructions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

                Two of the 15 bulbs failed to emerge.

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                5.0

                Bulbs Arrived Healthy and Bloomed Nicely

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                from Upper Saddle River, NJ

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                Pros

                • Large Bulb Size
                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cut Flowers

                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

                  I grew these for cut flowers and they were beautiful.

                   
                  5.0

                  Love These!

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                  from Norfolk, VA

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                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

                  these were so pretty! I know now that I need to get more!

                   
                  5.0

                  I Loved the Bulbs

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                  from Pennsylvania

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Beautiful
                  • Colorful
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

                    I specifically ordered and used the gladiolus parrot mix to complement the backdrop of a fence in my garden. When they bloomed, the colors were absolutely beautiful and certainly added more life to the entire garden. In fact,I live on a busy block and the garden is out front, so last summer I received plenty of complements from people passing by my house. In short, I loved them then and anticipate them blooming this summer.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    I gave it a try

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                    from Waikiki, HI

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions

                    Cons

                    • Pests & Disease
                    • Small In Size

                    Best Uses

                    • Patio

                    Comments about American Meadows Gladiolus Bulbs Parrot Mix:

                    I wasn't sure they would grow. All bulbs grew leaves but only two bloomed a bit, both a light lavender. Something got to them and they all withered and died. I do not think it was the fault of the bulbs.

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